Montclair’s Kidville Holiday Party Today

Sunday, Dec 21, 2014 9:43am  |  COMMENTS (0)

kidvilleCome meet Santa, decorate your own ornaments, and enjoy open play in the gym! Continue Reading

Catch “The Hundred Dresses,” Tonight and Tomorrow, at Summit Playhouse

BY  |  Saturday, Dec 20, 2014 11:20am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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The Summit Playhouse and its Kaleidoscope Theatre for Youth presents the New Jersey Premiere production of the acclaimed musical “The Hundred Dresses.” Masterfully handling such topics as bullying, friendship and forgiveness. The Hundred Dresses is a timeless tale that explores the bonds of friendship, the willingness to be yourself and the courage that it takes to stand up to others even when you’re standing alone. With a running time of 65 minutes, this show is appropriate for ages 5 and up. The cast (mostly children) come from all over the NJ area, including Montclair resident Will Flamm. Continue Reading

10 Questions About Getting Kids Started Playing Music

BY  |  Friday, Dec 19, 2014 10:39am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Estey_orchestraThere’s no argument about how good playing music is for kids. Playing an instrument, any instrument, is good for their brains, good for their bodies, good for having fun, good for discipline, good for individual achievement, and good for teamwork. But when is the right time to put an instrument in a child’s hands, and how do you know which instrument to give them?

Parents have a lot of questions about getting their kids started playing music, so we picked 10 of them and got answers from some local experts.

1. At what age is my child ready to start learning to play an instrument? Continue Reading

NJPAC Celebrates Kwanzaa with Children’s Festival, Marketplace and More

Thursday, Dec 18, 2014 12:32pm  |  COMMENTS (0)


The New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) celebrates the spirit of Kwanzaa on Saturday, December 20, with dance and music performances, a tribute to community elders, free activities for children and family, as well as a marketplace for holiday shopping. This day-long festival offers a FREE holiday celebration of culture and community for the entire family. Continue Reading

Discovering The Nutcracker

BY  |  Thursday, Dec 18, 2014 9:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)


From its moving score to the beautiful choreography, The Nutcracker, that quintessential holiday classic ballet, has become enormously popular throughout the U.S. and abroad. The music was written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and was first performed in 1892. Though performed in various forms earlier, the first complete US performance was on December 24, 1944 by the San Francisco Ballet. The New York City Ballet gave its first annual performance of George Balanchine’s version in 1954.

While details including the character’s names may change from one production to another, the underlying story is basically the same. It is based on either the original story “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” written in 1816 by E.T.A. Hoffman or the revision by Alexandre Dumas, pere, from 1844.

The story is set on Christmas Eve. Family and friends gather to decorate a beautiful tree. Presents are given to the children and Clara takes a particular interest in a nutcracker. The nutcracker is broken by Fritz, another child, and Clara is heartbroken. Later that night when she is supposed to be asleep, Clara gets up to see the nutcracker. The room suddenly fills with mice, and the nutcracker and Christmas tree both grow to incredible heights. There is a battle the mice, led by the Mouse King, and an army of gingerbread soldiers. Eventually the nutcracker defeats the Mouse King. The nutcracker becomes a Prince and he and Clara travel to a Land of Sweets. Dances are performed in their honor and, finally, Clara and the Prince are crowned rulers.

Various ballet companies are performing The Nutcracker throughout the area this holiday season.

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Montclair Celebrates With Hanukkah Party Outdoors!

BY  |  Wednesday, Dec 17, 2014 2:33pm  |  COMMENTS (0)


Chabad of Montclair is hosting a public Chanukah party, Sunday, December 21, from 5-6 p.m. featuring a celebration of unity, bringing together people and clergy from various faiths. Continue Reading

Watchung Elementary Supports Haiti Sister School Through Edeyo Foundation

Wednesday, Dec 17, 2014 9:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

edeyoWatchung Elementary School, for the sixth year in a row, has welcomed the holiday season by supporting its sister school in Haiti, Ecole Herve Romain, via the Edeyo foundation. Watchung students made beautiful personalized holiday cards in art class while many families donated gifts, school supplies and backpacks. Watchung is one of two schools in the U.S who support Edeyo. Continue Reading

Moment of Zen For Kids – Little Mystics This Thursday

BY  |  Tuesday, Dec 16, 2014 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Moment of ZenFirst Congregational Church (40 South Fullerton, Montclair) is hosting a “Little Mystics” evening Thursday Dec 18th from 6-7 p.m. Continue Reading

Montclair High School’s Cultural Pluralism Class Project Recognized by Nick Kristof

BY  |  Tuesday, Dec 16, 2014 11:23am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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There are many voices in the current chorus for racial justice in the United States of America. And Montclair High School has been anything but passive in recent weeks. But when a class of Montclair High School students created a visual representation of his work, New York Times Op-Ed columnist Mr. Kristof took special note over Twitter. Continue Reading

Montclair BOE First Reads Policy Allowing For Opting Out of Standardized Testing

BY  |  Tuesday, Dec 16, 2014 6:45am  |  COMMENTS (41)

It would . . . not . . . end.

The Montclair Board of Education’s December 15 meeting lasted in to the wee hours of December 16, thanks to long discussions about everything from advanced placement (AP) student testing and board ethics to the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) tests, coupled with numerous participants in the public comment – many of them teachers from Bradford School.  The biggest news turned out not to be the PowerPoint presentations on AP tests and ethical standards but the board’s first reading of a policy that would allow parents to opt out of standardized testing.

Montclair Schools Superintendent Penny MacCormack and Montclair Board of Education President David Deutsch

Montclair Schools Superintendent Penny MacCormack and Montclair Board of Education President David Deutsch

While many residents spoke up to express approval of the proposal to great applause, many residents also spoke out harshly toward the board’s policies – also, as always, to great applause.  Resident Christine McGoey spoke for most of them when she said that PARCC was educationally inappropriate, and her husband Michael later said that emphasis on testing would narrow the curriculum while the money spent on the computers needed to administer PARCC came at the expense of developing quality teachers. Continue Reading

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